Luckily, it doesn’t look like Lawrence’s season is over…
The Jacksonville Jaguars are having their best season in years but their Super Bowl hopes almost ended when starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence had to leave Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals early with an injury. He was in a ton of pain and it looked like it could be very serious.
Luckily, it doesn’t look like Lawrence’s season is over. According to head coach Doug Pederson’s NFL injury report, the Jaguars quarterback has suffered a high ankle sprain. While this is a serious injury, it’s not nearly as bad as it could’ve been. Pederson wouldn’t even rule him for this week’s game against the Browns.
#Jaguars coach Doug Pederson says QB Trevor Lawrence has “just” a high-ankle sprain, with all other tests coming back clean. Pederson wouldn’t put a timetable on Lawrence’s recovery, but didn’t rule him out for this week. And not season-ending.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 5, 2023
It’s hard to imagine he won’t miss some time with this injury but the Jaguars should breathe a sigh of relief knowing that his season isn’t over. Trevor Lawrence’s stats aren’t great this season as he’s 18th in the NFL in passing touchdowns and 12th in passer rating but he’s been doing enough to win a lot of NFL games this season.
The Jaguars were on pace to beat the Bengals on Monday and take over the No. 1 seed in the AFC before Lawrence went down. It’s good NFL news that the quarterback is going to be OK but depending on how long he’s out, the Jaguars could be in trouble. The Browns and Ravens are the next two games on the schedule and those are tough matchups.
Live footage of the Jaguars injury cart STILL trying to get to Trevor Lawrence pic.twitter.com/OXtEQv9BbG
— GeoffinLincoln (@GeoffinLincoln) December 5, 2023
C. J. Beathard looked decent in relief of Lawrence but he’s certainly not good enough to help the Jaguars go on a run. Lawrence’s situation with his leg is one of the biggest storylines to watch for the rest of the season. If he’s healthy in time for the playoffs, the Jaguars are legit Super Bowl contenders. If not, it’s hard to see them winning any playoff games.
It’s worth noting that Pederson has experience coaching a backup quarterback to the Super Bowl as he did with Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Beathard has just started 12 games in his career. It’s unlikely he can have a similar impact that Foles had.
If the Jaguars have hopes of a deep playoff run, they need Lawrence to heal quickly. While this is certainly better news than a ruptured Achilles, it’s still a serious injury and there is reason to be concerned.
That sure does look like Trevor Lawrence’s ankle 😂
— SleeperNFL (@SleeperNFL) December 5, 2023